Best Bets: Jackson Galaxy at Genesee Theatre, DeRay Davis returns to Schaumburg

  • Jackson Galaxy appears at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, Jan. 17.

    Jackson Galaxy appears at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, Jan. 17. Associated Press, 2017

  • The Enchanted Railroad returns to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

    The Enchanted Railroad returns to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Daily Herald File Photo

 
 
Posted1/14/2020 6:00 AM

Meow mojo

Best-selling author, TV host and self-proclaimed "Cat Daddy" Jackson Galaxy ("My Cat From Hell," "Cat vs. Dog") appears tonight to talk about feline behavior and more at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $34.50-$59.50. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Chicago's own

South Side born-and-raised Chicago comedian DeRay Davis returns for another series of standup shows this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $38-$49 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Vintage Americana

Historical re-enactors won't want to miss the American Heritage Living History Show this weekend at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. $7 ($5 if wearing historical outfit); $10 weekend pass. (630) 879-1739 or kanecountyfair.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Chicago's Symphony Center hosts "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Chicago's Symphony Center hosts "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" on Saturday, Jan. 18. - Courtesy of Chris Lee
'What's up, doc?'

If you grew up learning about classical music through cartoons, then don't miss the special film and orchestral tour of "Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" on Saturday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $34-$109. (312) 294-3000 or cso.org. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

Star-crossed dancers

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine tours its take on the Prokofiev classic ballet version of "Romeo & Juliet" to several locations starting this weekend: first on Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $29.50-$52.50. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com; then on Sunday at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $55-$85. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org; then on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $35-$65. (630) 896-666 or paramountaurora.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in Waukegan; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in Chicago; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in Aurora

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Soprano Alfreda Burke returns as a soloist in "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.
Soprano Alfreda Burke returns as a soloist in "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.
Hallelujah junction

Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson are the soloists for the annual "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah," which returns this weekend to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. $29-$80. (312) 341-2310 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Glorious Gershwin

Get swept away to MGM musical land on a cloud of glorious tunes by George Gershwin when the Academy Award-winning 1951 film "An American in Paris" is screened on Sunday and Wednesday in select suburban theaters. Ticket prices vary by venue, but largely $14. For exact locations and prices, visit fathomevents.com. 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22

The Enchanted Railroad returns to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
The Enchanted Railroad returns to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. - Daily Herald File Photo
Model trains

More than 10 model trains wind through a display of tree collections from around the world at a child's eye-level when the Enchanted Railroad returns for another run starting this weekend at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. $10-$15; $9-$13 seniors; $7-$10 kids ages 2 to 17. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; through Feb. 23

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